Kris Boyd has shares his criticism of Celtic forward Vakoun Issouf Bayo and doesn’t believe he’s at the level required for Neil Lennon’s team.
The 22-year-old is the second-choice striker for the Bhoys and does have to spend a lot of time on the substitutes bench.
With Odsonne Edouard usually leading the line, the Scottish champions have an extremely special talent that has nine goals across all competitions so far this season and is expected to reach the elite level.
Bayo has a difficult task trying to compete with him and has to make the most of the opportunities he gets.
He’s played in nine games so far this campaign in all competitions, but just two have them have been starts and his only goal so far was in the Scottish League Cup quarter-final win over Partick Thistle.
Sky Sports pundit Boyd has delivered a critical verdict on Bayo and feels that Edouard needs better competition in attack.
“But I can’t believe he is the only option up front for Lennon because I’m just not having Vakoun Bayo,” Boyd wrote in the Scottish Sun.
“They’ve tried him and it’s not worked. He just isn’t up to it.”
Bayo hasn’t quite made a serious impression at Celtic since he arrived in January, but it seems a little premature to completely write him off and he could still have an important role in the future.
The Ivory Coast striker saw his opening six months with the Bhoys wrecked by injury and it’s hardly like he’s been spoilt with opportunities on the pitch so far this season.
He has to be patient when sitting behind Edouard in the pecking order, but the Frenchman can’t play in every game and he should get more chances as the fixtures pile up.
Bayo has made a few bright cameos in a Celtic shirt from the bench with his physical presence in attack and he’s still just a 22-year-old learning his game.